A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
After a week spent celebrating our fifth anniversary, we turn a little somber this week for some unknown reason(too much cake?). In fact, in our planning session(which involves the Foxes leaning over a table filled with maps and one of us wielding a stick to point at them), we nicknamed this as a grim week. That’s with one M, so nothing about fairy tales, which would be another kind of grim altogether.
But just because our offerings may be grim, they are no less interesting. We have short stories, a memoir and a post ripped from the headlines. And you can always leave a cheery comment to brighten things up.
Monday- Jackie peers at Joseph Conrad’s classic The Secret Sharer.
Tuesday- Kate reviews a historical memoir of the tortured invalid life of Henry James’s sister.
Thursday- Anne discovers a whole swathe of folks both literary and grim in Robin Black’s short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This.
Friday- Leena is intrigued by a Finnish self-publishing scandal and wonders what it says about the moral responsibilities of fiction in the social media.
Moody b&w photograph borrowed from
Snuggling down with books in the chilly mornings is advised, and then the warm afternoons can draw you out onto the park benches. Let us offer you some absorbing reading suggestions to get you down to the library.
Monday 18th: the personal is political is … procedural? Guest Fox Margaret Kirk discusses crime writing and current events.
Wednesday 20th: Colin is off to the wars and is charmed by Anthony Rhodes’ Sword of Bone and impressed by a 1920s forgotten bestseller, W F Morris’ Bretherton.
Friday 22nd: Kate is embarrassed to have taken so long to discover Penelope Lively’s adult fiction.